[Protest of VA Issuance of Purchase Orders for Central Dictation Systems]

B-216264,B-216621,B-216622,B-216701: Feb 25, 1985

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A firm protested the Veterans Administration's (VA) issuance of purchase orders for a central dictation system under four separate procurements, contending that VA acted improperly by requesting and obtaining waivers from use of the protester's mandatory single-award Federal Supply Schedule contract. VA modified its specifications deleting the requirement that all offered items be on Schedule contracts and warned its ordering activities that waiver requests were not to be based on price alone, but were to have compatibility considerations. GAO found that VA acted properly in requesting the waivers, since the protester's items did not meet the VA minimum needs due to the lack of compatibility with the system it chose. GAO did not believe that VA was compelled to purchase the protester's complete system merely because the firm held a single-award contract for the accessories. Finally, GAO has held that its bid protest function does not encompass the policy decisions of contracting agencies but instead addresses whether procurement actions comply with statutory, regulatory, or other legal requirements. Accordingly, the protests were denied.